All Hail The Thrift Shop

All Hail The Thrift Shop

I tell you often enough about the thrift shop I frequent. It’s good for me, as I like all sorts of music (Deke calls me a “melting pot”). You just never know what they’re gonna add to their shelves.

True, I wade through a lot of shit before finding goodness, I mean, tons. Quality is definitely an issue. This place takes donations, so people ditch their crap, with scuffs and scratches and all manner of nastiness. Since I demand collection integrity, I leave a lot behind. A LOT.

So why do I bother with such a fool’s errand? Simple. Every so often, I strike gold. Like last night…

The 2CD Best Of Bruce Dickinson. Yes.

In truth, I figured if it was there, it was gonna be beaten to shit. But nope, it’s pristine… To say I was giddy is understatement. I actually laughed out loud in the shop. The rare moments in this short life are things I truly appreciate.

It’s not just for having all of that Bruce Bruce goodness, but because I know the real value of that set, above and beyond what any sentient record store would charge for it. I am truly bringing it into a warm and welcoming home, giving it a chance to be played often and really fucking loudly. Like now, as I type this, it’s blaring away and it’s bloody brilliant.

I am a very, very happy camper.

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16 thoughts on “All Hail The Thrift Shop

    1. keepsmealive says:

      Haha who even is that James Last guy? We have a shit-ton of his stuff in our bins too. Well, whomever he is, at some point in time he must’ve been fairly popular because someone bought all those records to begin with, right!

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          I… I can’t decide if I’m absolutely terrified of the very idea, afraid of being sucked into a black hole of suckitude next time I flip past one of his LPs, or secretly kind of in awe that someone would even have the audacity to try such a thing… or all three…

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  1. J. says:

    I love those moments – finding something that makes you chuckle or say “yas!” louder than you had intended.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Those moments are the whole reason I keep going back! This time, my reaction process went like this:

      1) sees CD: Haha what?

      2) sees packaging is in order: whoa, cool!

      3) sees CDs are pristine: holy shit!

      4) walks away chuckling to self, clutching CD case as though someone would steal it or tell me a mistake has been made, already planning KMA post in my head before purchase is even made…

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          I live for that reaction. But it’s a double pay-off, because not only do you get the thrill of finding that long-wanted item, but then you get to take it home and listen to it over and over!


  2. mikeladano says:

    Further proof that the junk shop is a valuable asset in anyone’s town.

    Maybe this summer Jen and I should come up to OS, and you can show us these places 😉


    1. keepsmealive says:

      It can indeed be a valuable asset, every once in a while! You guys should absolutely come up, anytime. But I make no promises about the junk shop. Good chance it’s be nothing but crap on the day you’re there.


        1. keepsmealive says:

          Hahahaaaaa no. No no no. This is not a record shopping destination. This is where record collectors go to descend into insanity and reliance on the internet.

          By all means, come on up! We’ll fire up the BBQ and have a great time. But I wouldn’t count on this place for records. Nope, it’s gotta be Taranna. Although one year I think we should book a weekend and go to Montreal. I know some great shops there too. 😉

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            1. keepsmealive says:

              You’d think so, but…

              Book stores: We have three = the Coles at the mall, and two used book shops downtown. One I avoid completely – the guy’s a jerk, he deals only in pulp paperbacks, and the guy’s a jerk. Did I mention he’s a jerk? The other is OK, i usually find decent fiction there, but nothing like what you have in your town. The best book shop in the area is about 20 minutes south of here, in an old grow op. True story.

              Music stores: We have two (three if you count Walmart, I don’t). The HMV at the mall, subject of many of my rants. And the one used shop downtown is pretty rough, and you should wear gloves to flip through his bins. MEH.

              Seriously Dude, come on up. We’ll hang out. But there isn’t any shopping here you can’t get ten times better in your own town. I know, I was just there and did a bit of it.

              If you wanna do an Aaron and Mike Shopping trip in one of our towns, seriously, yours is the hands-down winner of the two.


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